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Re: Computer
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Anna said "I do not like this new HP printer I have I liked the old one better.Why would someone put 2 sides of instrutions in Spanish and make you look all over the place for English.When I did find it ,it was a little small box.I can see putting Spanish on one side and English on the other side but they had Spanish on both sides of the directions.I guess in my old age I am going to have to learn to read Spanish. Anna"

It's to save money, money and once again, money!

Your actual printer documentation is probably on a cd, in a PDF file. What you are referring to is a "quick setup guide", with pretty archaic pictures. It cost money to print instruction or Users manuals.

As for your old printer, It's probably a parallel port based printer, while your new one is USB. You only need two things to make your old printer work. A connection to your PC, in the form of a USB to parallel cable and a software program to translate your printers native language to Windows language called a Windows based software Driver! Depending on the make and model of printer you have, there IS a driver out there, on the Net, for your old printer. Believe me, some print driver developer, probably sharing your frustrations with his old printer, wrote a Driver!

Windows, any version and Intel based hardware, in it's so called personal computer wars with Unix, linux and Apple MacIntosh's Unix based Operating system BDS, thinks it is making things simple but easy. Apple Mac technology is reliable, expensive but very innovative. You just point and click.

Since IBM-Intel PC technology is basically controlled by the development of 2 factors, the Central Processor(CPU) and Operating Systems(PC-MSDOS, CPM86, Windows, any version), forces you to upgrade. Your PCs by HP, Dell Lenova(IBM)...etc is much like the Automobile manufacturers models. They make new cars every September. What the consumer usually has to determine in buying both PCs and cars are the "bells and whistles" aka Options. While Apple has delved into Intel PCs, Macs basically uses CPUs by Mototola. Your Dells and HP OEMs would prefer you by a Notebook rather than a Desktop. Notebooks are propriatary and 9 out of 10 times, your upgrades must come from the original OEM. There is NO such thing as a "special use" PC for musicians, Gamers, Internet ready or Web developers...etc as advertised on TV. They are the same PC, optimized with different Options. Gamers, Musicians and Web developers need more memory, disk space and Gaming, Music or Web software programs, while Net PCs need the latest wireless, Network techologies,Email and Internet utility programs. Oh! BTW, PCs made specifically for business users are usually called Workstations, while the exact same PCs, with different covers or colors, for your average consumer, is called just "PC" or "Network or Gaming" ready computers...etc! The automobile makers equivalent example would be the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. Same car different names.

Whenever Intel makes advances, then Windows makes advances, which makes the software developer make advances. We all would like the "latest and greatest" Technologies!

Thank goodness for IBM's laziness and lack of understanding of all PC users. IBM allowed the creation of relative inexpensive copycat computers, known as clones by companies like Compaq, now HP and PC Limited, now known as Dell.

Whether all of this technology makes your family history research much better, is up to each individual. It did for me!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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